Kefir Health Benefits
What are the health benefits of kefir?
Kefir is a powerful probiotic food that restores healthy bacteria in your gut, with many health benefits.
Why is kefir good for you?
Your gut is alive. Inside it’s like a microcosm of life, supporting 100 trillion micro-organisms. How awesome is that?
As part of this galaxy of organisms is good bacteria. These are considered ‘good’ because they are responsible for a healthy gut and digestion, but that’s not all. We know they affect our metabolism, immunity and even mood. Poor diet and lifestyle choices can harm our levels of good bacteria and have a damaging effect on health.
The good news is that you can restore healthy stomach bacteria by including probiotics – foods with live cultures – to your diet. Kefir is arguably one of the most powerful probiotics of all.
We discovered kefir whilst looking for a solution to stomach problems. You can read more about how it helped us over at the Little Bird Kefir origin story.
What are the health benefits of kefir versus yoghurt?
Kefir looks and tastes similar to yoghurt, but that’s where comparisons end. When deciding which probiotic to take, kefir beats yoghurt every time. Kefir:
Has up to five times the levels of gut-friendly bacteria than yoghurt
Has around 30-50 different strains of good bacteria (yoghurt has 2-3)
Is suitable for many people with mild lactose intolerance
Kefir Health Benefits List
Scientists are still discovering new ways that a healthy gut flora (the collective name for the good bacteria) helps us fight disease, stay happy and manage weight. There’s already a strong case for drinking kefir for health…
80% of your immune system is located in your gut. It’s the reason that taking antibiotics makes us feel run down, and can lead to a relapse of illness. So by restoring a healthy balance in the gut you’re doing your immunity a big favour.
Weight loss and metabolism
Studies in animals have proven that gut bacteria affect and drive obesity. Supplementing a healthy diet high in fibre and low in refined sugars, with a quality probiotic like Little Bird Kefir could boost your metabolism and support people trying to lose weight.
Depression and mood
You may be beginning to wonder what ISN’T affected by the delicate balance of bacteria in your gut! An emerging and fascinating area of scientific research explores the link between the gut and its microcosm of bacteria and other organisms – and the brain. Scientists are discovering that the make-up of these bacteria can affect hormonal responses, and as a result, brain chemistry. Studies of long-time IBS sufferers have shown an increased likelihood of experiencing anxiety and mild depression.
Bloating and gas
Bloating isn’t just annoying and embarrassing – it can be downright painful. Many people live with this discomfort day-to-day believing it to be unavoidable. Now we know that bloating can be reduced not only by identifying food intolerances, but by keeping the balance of bacteria in our gut in check.
Acne and skin
An increasing number of skincare specialists and dermatologists link skin problems to underlying issues linked to the gut. This seems to be borne out by scientific studies, including one highlighting that acne sufferers are far more likely to suffer bloating and indigestion. Do your face a favour and look after your tummy!
How much kefir should I drink?
We recommend drinking at least 150ml of kefir every day to keep your gut healthy and get the full benefits. One bottle of Little Bird Kefir should give you a three day supply.